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Ancient fortress in Israel atop a rock plateau, famous for a historic siege ending in a mass Jewish rebel suicide to avoid Roman capture.

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Masada: an ancient stone fortress in the Judaean Desert, sitting 1300 breathtaking feet above the Dead Sea. Built as a palace complex by Herod the Great, King of Judaea, in 73 A.D, the plateau holds both historic and symbolic weight, representing heroism and determination to this day. Masada is now an Israeli national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site with over 840 acres of winding paths and well-preserved ruins. Pro tip: The Snake Path on Masada is one of the most iconic hikes in Israel, and if you can, you’ll definitely want to hike up (instead of cable car or shortened hike, aka, the Roman Ramp). Hit the trail around 5:00am to catch the sunrise from the tippy top.

leah 5 years ago

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